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Challenging Inquiry Based Labs for Third Grade
Hello! I found a really interesting lab for teaching weathering versus eroding that could definitely be inquiry. You would need to pre-make some 'mountains' using rocks, dirt, and gelatin in order to do this experiment. You essentially create two separate 'mountains', one out of rocks and gelatin an...

by Christine Gadbois > Today, 10:50 AM

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Physical Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:05 AM

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New Teachers
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:01 AM

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Professional Development
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:00 AM

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STEM
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:59 AM

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Informal Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:58 AM

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General Science and Teaching
PD in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high ...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:56 AM

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Life Science
weather & climate lessons/unit
Students kept track of outdoor temperature & created a bar graph of temperature-we discussed what the graph tells us in terms of how we could use it to predict the next week's temperature. They also kept track of cloud cover & precipitation & wind speed. We didn't graph those. We used Brainpop & B...

by C Walsh > Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:15 AM

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Elementary Science
weather & climate lessons/unit
Hello everyone, this is my 26th year teaching-22 years in Middle school science & now in my 4th year as the K-5 science teacher.  This year I created a unit for 3rd grade for weather & climate.  We are not at full adoption of NGSS in NYS yet; however, I've been aligning my curriculum to it for the l...

by C Walsh > Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Third Grade Science
I am student teaching in a third grade classroom at the moment. We are in our weather unit at the moment so we are creating anemometers out of cups and straws and the students are really enjoying it. We are using it as our science fair projects so the students did research on anemometers, created hy...

by Christine Gadbois > Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:43 PM

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New Teachers
climate Change Education
Adapting to, and mitigating the effects of climate change remains an issue facing all of us. Strong efforts are continually being made to undermine the science behind our understanding this issue. The Idaho legislature has stripped all mention of human-induced climate change from the state's educati...

by DeWolf > Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 PM

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Earth and Space Science
NSTA's Virtual Conference - Teaching Controversial Topics
Hi Mary, I have had the opportunity to participate in several virtual conferences. The most amazing part of it is getting to hear firsthand from the experts on a topic. When I attended the solar eclipse one, I was blown away by all the great information that was shared. I was so well prepared to...

by Carolyn Mohr > Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:11 AM

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Professional Development
weather and Elementary
I had children draw concepts of science and scientists on the covers of their Life Science notebooks at the start of the year. There were many potions and volcanoes represented. They drew concepts of weather on their weather Notebooks at the start of the weather unit. They are now at the end of the ...

by Marianne Cane > Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:50 AM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
Hi Arielle, While I was doing some observations for my pre-teaching semester, I observed a teacher in kindergarten. While I was there, the teacher was working with two different anchor charts. One anchor chart was divided into the four seasons and with the students help, the teacher would draw pi...

by Eddy Martinez > Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:57 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Middle School
Do a closed weather system. There are a bunch of sites that show how to do miniature weather cycles and other weather related crafts. If you are going further you can look at building closed biomes. what goes into a system and why it remains successful.

by Jeff Torrance > Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:44 PM

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Earth and Space Science
weather and Middle School
Grab their attention. Start by posing facts/questions about various weather phenomenons: - The strongest Typhoon in history killed 6,300 people. - On July 15 1972, Death Valley was recorded has having the highest natural ground temperature of 93.9 °C (201 °F). - ...

by Randy Florendo > Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:01 PM

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Earth and Space Science
weather and Middle School
Hi Shalen. You might try the American Meteorological Society for ideas https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/education-careers/education-program/weather-resources/ The AMS has free graduate level courses you can take and also has week-long workshops in the summer that are excellent. https://...

by James Johnson > Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:55 AM

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Earth and Space Science
weather and Middle School
Let me start by saying I love teaching about weather.  However, my students are (to put it mildly) less than enthused about this unit.  If I'm being honest the number of hands on activities for my weather limit is pretty limited.  At this point in their academic career most of my students have done ...

by Shalen Boyer > Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:01 PM

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Earth and Space Science
weather and Middle School
Let me start by saying I love teaching about weather.  However, my students are (to put it mildly) less than enthused about this unit.  If I'm being honest the number of hands on activities for my weather limit is pretty limited.  At this point in their academic career most of my students have done ...

by Shalen Boyer > Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:01 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
James makes a good point, and I'd like to follow up pertaining to Ashton's statement, "I hope that in my future classroom I will be able to share multiple different points of view on controversial topics." It's important to understand that, for most of the "controversial topics" that Megan ment...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:21 PM

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General Science and Teaching
weather and Elementary
Hey Arielle! I think kindergarten is a great time to introduce weather concepts to children because it also incorporates using their senses to make observations and learn about what science truly is. I agree with others that introducing the names of the seasons and touching on them everyday using...

by Rida Rangoonwala > Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:09 PM

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Early Childhood
Fun way to introduce Science
I’m currently a 2 nd grade student teacher, and I am constantly looking for great ways to introduce science to students as well. I found a website that offers great science ideas to implement in your classroom. For example, if you are introducing weather to your students, you can use the sensory ...

by Jeanette Nguyen > Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Science in the Elementary Classroom
Hello! I am also working on a degree in elementary education. I am currently student teaching in a 4th grade math and science class but, I have not seen much science. I have been student teaching for about a month and I have seen science go from being taught every other day for about 45 minutes to t...

by Isabel Asker > Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:20 PM

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Elementary Science
weather and Elementary
Hello, I am currently a student teacher in second grade and I have observed in many schools so my advice would be to talk about the weather every single day. In some classes that I observed they did this every morning, they would do the calendar, the day of the week, the weather outside, and the se...

by Miriam Luna > Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:24 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
Hello, I am currently student teaching in second grade and we just finished weather and are now starting on the four seasons. I also agree that the anchor chart helps the students understand that the seasons in a cycle as well. We had the students watch a BrainPop Jr. Video over the seasons then di...

by Gladys Gonzalez > Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:11 PM

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Early Childhood
Science in Kindergarten: What Does It Look like, Sounds like?
I'm currently student teaching in Kindergarten now and we’re on the weather unit. I've started to come up with many science lessons and experiments for my students using Pinterest. "Raining sponge" and "shaving cream rain clouds" are names of two experiments I found. We're going to create both expe...

by Lindsey Huynh > Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:20 PM

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Early Childhood
activities to introduce science in a early grade level
Hi Vanessa I'm currently a Part time Teacher Assistant in Prek-3 We do educational activities with the students. One of the activities that we are doing is doing an anchor chart and have them past a picture of their favorite weather. each day we have the students remember what the weather w...

by Yanet Gutierrez > Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:37 PM

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Early Childhood
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
STEM stands for ( science, technology, engineering, mathematics). All of these subjects are highly important in children's education. They include subjects that are rich in numbers and hands on experiments. Now in days there are a lot of schools that are suffering in these specific subjects. One wa...

by Henry Campos > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:49 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Jennifer and Ana! I appreciate you both sharing your teaching and learning experiences during student teaching. It does give creative ideas of how to integrate science and math into reading and language arts class. Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering(STEM) are crucial subjects that...

by Bianca Balderas > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:41 AM

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STEM
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
My thoughts on only having 15 minutes dedicated to science are that you have to get creative. In my 2nd grade class I am student teaching in, we have incorporated weather into our poetry with different poems. We have incorporated different types of clouds into making a graph of our favorite cloud (m...

by Danielle George > Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:31 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
I believe the best start to help Kindergarten students learn about the difference is by using an anchor chart. In my classroom, we had an open discussion about different types of weathers, but some of my students did name seasons as types of weather. Two different ideas I came up with to tea...

by Lindsey Huynh > Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:09 AM

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Early Childhood
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Leslie, I believe STEM is best implemented by allowing creativity, expression, and collaboration in the classroom. In all grades, but especially in the lower grades, I have noticed that students often learn best from each other. I would begin implementing STEM by designing activities around group...

by Kelsey Nason > Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:56 PM

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STEM
Science in the Classroom
Hi Julie. I am also a student teacher. I am student teaching in a 4th grade math and science class. I can sympathize. While, my mentor teacher and I have not done any experiments with the students, they get rowdy when doing activities such as, illustrating weathering and erosion. I can imagine how r...

by Isabel Asker > Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:50 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Hello all, What strategies do you use when teaching controversial topics such as: climate change, evolution, GMOs or vaccinations? What challenges have you faced? Do you have any lesson plans for the above topics (or other controversial topics) or material you could share? Perhaps other ideas?...

by Megan Doty > Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:28 PM

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General Science and Teaching
activities to introduce science in a early grade level
Vanessa, I'm currently a student teacher in a Kindergarten classroom. I've observed and helped with several fun yet educational activities that are tied to our TEKS. One idea that the students love is having a "weather journal". After recess each day we have the students remember what the weather...

by Kelsey Nason > Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:55 PM

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Early Childhood
Preservice Teacher Advice
You can easily integrate science into both math and reading lessons. Math word problems can be science related. For example, students can research facts and information about planets in the solar system and then do calculations based on that information. You can also integrate lessons about water an...

by Dong Ngo > Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:53 PM

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New Teachers
A list of Summer 2018 PD opportunities!
Another workshop with expenses paid and a stipend at UC Davis: "... a 4-day workshop immersed in plant phenology studies with Dr. Eric Post and learn about how his work has significantly affected our knowledge on climate change in the Arctic. You will also be able to take back materials and activit...

by Mary Bigelow > Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:43 PM

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Professional Development
Kindergarten activities
Before Easter, My little ones loved to plant grass seeds in a Easter basket. A lot of times I would just save clean milk jugs an cut them so that they kept their handle and were deep enough to put soil in (and of course we decorated the jugs!). They kids would plant the seeds, water, and place by th...

by Cara Tye > Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:32 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
From the time I spent in the kindergarten classroom last semester, I have found that they are very hands-on. I would suggest exploring the environment around them and relating it to the topics of science they will be learning about. For example, taking them on a walk around the school building and...

by Jacqueline DiSanto > Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:36 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
That's a difficult thing to teach students, especially kindergarteners, to know the difference between seasons and weather. Like many others have said, I think talking about the weather every single day as part of your "circle/carpet time" would be a great place to start. Having students or 1 studen...

by Kirstie Amburgey > Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:21 PM

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Early Childhood
Penn State Summer Professional Development
http://csats.psu.edu/overview-of-csats-programs/summer-workshops/predicting-the-future-using-radar-data-for-analyzing-weather July 16-20, 2018 Deadline to apply:  March 1, 2018 Predicting weather, especially dangerous storms, relies on the understanding of numerous scientific th...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:36 PM

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Professional Development
Gardening at school with young children
I think when the time is right you will know. If starting a garden right away seems too hectic just remember there is no problem with starting it in the springtime. I think your idea of starting a garden is a really great idea though! It teaches these young children about their community, different ...

by Kerissa Weinstein > Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:31 PM

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Early Childhood
Early Childhood Science
Imaginative play about space exploration takes children off world in a way that teaching about planets cannot. First hand exploration of our planet and objects in the sky (day/nightime observations, position of the Sun in the sky, pattern seen in how the shape of the Moon changes) will form a strong...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:29 AM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
Two threads weave together with this. First, we didn't have the rain gauge until close to the start of the rainy season (I managed to get one after attending a cooperative extension "farm days" fair) Second, The class was already familiar with vertical counting lines, as we have two side by side i...

by Anne Lowry > Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:20 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
My pre-K class does this in several ways. First, meteorologist is one of the class jobs (for TV station KAAG (K, west coast, school and class name). We record our weather observations each day on a class calendar; I like the Blue Ridge Parkway calendars because their photos match seasons well. At...

by Anne Lowry > Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:24 PM

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Early Childhood
Student Teacher
Hello Ruth (and other new teachers interested in STEM), I just answered the same question from another post by Lauren and I'm just going to copy and paste my answer. Hope this all helps and good luck! I have the following advice: - there doesn't need to be equal amounts of S, T, E and ...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:55 PM

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New Teachers
Teacher-to-be looking for STEM advice
Hello Lauren, I have the following advice: - there doesn't need to be equal amounts of S, T, E and M in every activity.  Some activities can even be missing a 'letter'. Just be sure to address them all in the end. - the process is more important than the product .  So, be clear what you are...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:31 PM

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New Teachers
weather and Elementary
I think what could help the students gain a better understanding on what weather is, is essentially giving them a chart that they could each fill out daily about the weather. Students will then be able to decipher everyday what the weather is and could use clues from what they see outside to help th...

by Maeli Zapata > Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:00 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
I think what could help the students gain a better understanding on what weather is, is essentially giving them a chart that they could each fill out daily about the weather. Students will then be able to decipher everyday what the weather is and could use clues from what they see outside to help th...

by Maeli Zapata > Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:00 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
Hello, I think the idea of letting the students go outside and explore the weather themselves in hand, record their exploration is really such a great activity. I believe the students will think of the weather every time they go outside and think about the vocabulary that goes along with the weath...

by Jessica Moreno > Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:09 PM

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Early Childhood
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
I really like the different ideas that you have shared here. As a student pursuing education, I have never even thought about incorporating the holidays into science, as it is more seen incorporated through literacy. In my science class I am currently in, we have been asked to write an unit plan and...

by Tayler Maiers > Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:38 PM

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Elementary Science
weather Lesson
I was in a Kindergarten class observing one day during a weather lesson. During the morning meeting the teacher had the students name the day of the week and then had them look our the window and had them explain what was going on outside. Then they had a cut out of a kid on the white board and had ...

by Sara Pierce > Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:29 AM

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Elementary Science
technology in the classroom
You could use the computers by having the students research whatever the science lesson is? Maybe have groups and have each group research something different involving the science lesson and have them use the technology to help them find their answers. With other things such as weather, you can hav...

by Elyssa Rung > Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:21 AM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
It will always be difficult to fully have young students like that to understand every aspect of the weather and all of the seasons. I am currently writing a week-long 5E lesson plan over the weather for Kindergarteners. We decided to let the students go outside every day and keep track of how the w...

by Elyssa Rung > Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:00 AM

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Early Childhood
weather Lesson
Hello! I'm a student teacher and I have created a lesson for my possible kindergarten students on Earth and Human Activity. I'm planning to teach them about the different types of weather and also how to prepare for weather in advance.  A question that I would have would be: What are some way...

by Kaylie Eko > Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 PM

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Elementary Science
weather and Elementary
So many great ideas in this thread! This is what I do: While we are outside before walking into our classroom, we have a quick weather talk. I ask the class "What is the weather today? and "How do you know?" or "What evidence do you see/ feel?" (What do you see or feel?) and "How does the weather f...

by Jacqueline Madrid > Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:10 PM

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Early Childhood
Science Library
As a future teacher, I am starting to get ready to collect books that I would like to have in my classroom library for my future students. I have already collected Reading books, Social Studies books and some Math books that were recommended to me. I have been doing research on Science books and hav...

by Mariana Gonzalez > Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:00 PM

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Elementary Science
Science 101: Does the weather affect your body?
Hello everyone my name is Kadira Johnson and I just wrote a quick review on what I thought about Bill Robertson's article "Science 101: Does the weather affect your body?" In Bill Robertson’s article he discusses if weather truly does affect our bodies. I thought this was an interesting topic becaus...

by Kadira Johnson > Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:56 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Kindergarten Science
Hi Natalie, I am currently in my Methods of Teaching Science course during my last year of school. I am working with a group on a 5E lesson plan for kindergarten actually. We are focusing on the weather/forecast. So we have in the beginning that we introduce and work on the vocabulary that connec...

by Madison Moburg > Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:35 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Definitely start integrating science into everything else you do! That could mean a weather conversation during your morning meeting, reading a science content filled story during your read aloud time, having them write about a science topic, etc. Any time you can double up subjects, definitely take...

by Molly Lembezeder > Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:05 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Definitely start integrating science into everything else you do! That could mean a weather conversation during your morning meeting, reading a science content filled story during your read aloud time, having them write about a science topic, etc. Any time you can double up subjects, definitely take...

by Molly Lembezeder > Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:05 PM

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Early Childhood
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
I love the idea of keeping students engaged during the holidays. It's so difficult especially between October and through December! I live in Florida, so we don't get snow here, most of the time we don't even get cold weather! One experiment that is great for the winter season is growing crystals....

by Vivian Del Cid > Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten Science
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld is a really cute book about clouds, and could even be used for toddlers and pre-k, along with kindergarten. A couple other ones are Little Cloud by Eric Carle and Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds by Josepha Sherman.

by Mikaela Bahlmann > Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:21 PM

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Early Childhood
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
There are several ways to incorporate holidays into science lessons. For one thing, the weather during the holidays changes for some areas, but not all. You can teach a lesson on the major biomes and ask what this time of the year would be like for different parts of the world. Another idea is that ...

by Carili Rubiera > Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:46 AM

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Elementary Science
Human Impact on Earth's Spheres 5th grade
Thank you Victoria. I noticed the acid rain link on beyondweather is no longer valid. I have seen this with several acid rain links, including an Appalachian Trail segment from National Geographic. Acid rain is mentioned in several spots in our county curriculum documents, but I am wondering if i...

by Tracey Williams > Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:58 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Human Impact on Earth's Spheres 5th grade
Hey Tracey, 5th grade can be kind of tricky to keep on track. That is a really tough time to keep the kids engaged, I wish you luck with that! Maybe getting an idea of what the students like to know about their community will help? IF they are in the city, or a more urban environment in genera...

by Victoria Krauss > Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:11 AM

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Earth and Space Science
4th Grade Science
I think any lesson that includes observations would be a good idea to take the students outside because they can use the environment as the focus. Also when learning about weather and plants/living organisms can be a good time to take students outside as well. I hope this helps!

by Axa Moreno > Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:56 PM

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Elementary Science
4th Grade Science
That stinks that there is no recess! There are tons of things to do outside...weather permitting. Matter: Students can collect materials from outside and classify, find the mass, volume, length, density, ect. Students can take items outside and explore the melting process. You can even challe...

by Destiny Huggins > Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:34 AM

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Elementary Science
Stem & 5Es
Aleks, I found this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/505247651928867111/ its a great guide for an infographic! Although the contents inside are for a price the picture itself helps and I don't think paying for it is worth it. Anyways, Engagement includes an introduction without the immediate use of ...

by Diane Bendik > Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:37 PM

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STEM
Stem & 5Es
Hi Aleks! weather is a broad topic to teach. There is so much you can teach about and spread to create a unit lesson. Take for example, when students are learning about tornados and other natural disasters, you can ENGAGE students into learning about these by a discrepant event. Students can the...

by Jennifer Ortiz > Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:43 PM

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STEM
Science Showcase
Hey there! The few science nights that I have been to hosted at a school either went with one focal point topic or had each category in stations/classrooms throughout the school. I have found that the most successful science night that I have been able to witness and participate in is one having to ...

by Darcey Bodziony > Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:48 AM

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General Science and Teaching
climate Change
Hi Taylor, I totally agree with Pamela! There are so many resources in the Learning Center. I found these two collections that may be helpful. They include many resources for teaching about climate change to middle and high school students. If you need, I can also look for elementary resources. J...

by Megan Doty > Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:18 PM

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Life Science
Stem & 5Es
How can I incorporate STEM and the 5Es into a lesson plan on weather? Does anyone have any good ideas?!

by Aleksandra Kijowska > Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:38 PM

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STEM
climate Change
Hi Taylor. I am not sure which grade level you are working with. I suggest going to the button on the top menu ~Explore All Resources. Type in climate Change. You can choose from NSTA resources, conference materials, and User Collections. http://common.nsta.org/search/default.aspx?action=browse&tex...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:28 PM

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Life Science
climate Change
Hello, my name is Taylor and I am currently a student teacher. Later this school year I will be teaching a unit on climate change. Any resources or activities other teachers may be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. 

by Taylor Walden > Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:36 PM

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Life Science
New Teacher
I love your plan to create a sense of wonder in your students. I have several activities that help with this. One is to find something intriguing that fits in your pocket and have students use yes or no questions to try to figure out what it is. I have used lichen and gastroliths successfully. For a...

by Susan Farmer > Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:49 PM

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New Teachers
Now You "Sea" Ice, Now You Don't
http://static.nsta.org/files/PB225Xweb.pdf The above topic about climate change covers science, math, language arts, and social studies! The plan for the  lesson is available. ---may need to adapt to your grade level. Our district used it during a district learning day. I attempted to use the les...

by Cleopatra Thomas > Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:02 PM

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Life Science
technology in the classroom
It might be worth thinking about other technologies besides a computer for the Early Childhood classroom. I realize this can come down to budgets, but are there other items to be used? Comparing numbers on a digital thermometer on the weather station and a standard thermometer? Magnifiers and micros...

by Sarah Benton > Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:53 PM

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Early Childhood
EDUCATORS TO ICELAND
I'm organizing the ultimate field trip for formal and informal educators! Picture yourself on a 9-day trip to Iceland with colleagues interested in experiencing the dynamic interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Join us to experience phenomena-based science teachin...

by Kottie Christie-Blick > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:44 AM

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Professional Development
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Hi Rachel. I worked for nine years at a private alternative ed school in NW PA and we used an indoor greenhouse in the winter and elevated planters when the weather was nice. I had kids up to 18 years old and they loved the opportunity to work with plants. Hydroponics is tough if you aren't th...

by James Johnson > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:07 AM

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Life Science
weather and Elementary
I think one of the best ways to teach students about the weather is to have the students go out and observe the weather themselves. You can have a calendar on the board where you change to show what the weather is every day, and they can have a calendar at their desks where they color a calendar to ...

by Ashtyn Riley > Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:09 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
Hello, I enjoyed reading a lot of the replies to this post and really agree with what the other posts are saying - take the children outside! Thought provoking questions for kindergartners also work, such as asking "what kind of clothes should we be wearing today?" or "If there was snow falling, wha...

by Vanessa Gonzalez > Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Global Warming in K-2 classrooms?
Hi Molly, While I probably wouldn't get into a full blown climate discussion with kindergarten, first graders, or second graders, you could certainly lay the groundwork for a discussion of climate in later years. I would do this by having my students observe the weather. You could have them do i...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:46 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Hands on Science
hi, I am a strong believer of hands-on learning experiences. You can maybe take the students outside in the playground and give them a scavenger hunt to look for several objects/things. Maybe give a lesson on climate or animals , flowers anything you can find in a playground. I hope this really he...

by Evelyn Guerrero > Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:32 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
Hi Clarissa, I found a few activities that could be incorporated into a Kindergarten classroom to discuss different weather patterns. The first one includes four activities that this school used during a "weather Day," but could easily be broken into four individual lessons: http://common.nst...

by Megan Doty > Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:15 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
How can you teach weather to Kindergarten students in a fun activity?

by Clarissa Villarreal > Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:14 PM

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Early Childhood
Seasons Misconception
Hi April, I found a collection of resources regarding seasons and weather, I wonder if any of these may be helpful to address the misconceptions your students bring with them: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=ZVT1VSBMIo0_E Inside this collection is an article ti...

by Megan Doty > Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:26 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Hands on Science
Hello Laura Rosales! At the moment I am a student preparing to become a bilingual teacher EG-6. I totally agree with you children like and learn much better doing hands on activities. Regarding your question I would recommend going outside the school and explore what's outside (plants, insects, cli...

by Estela Salvador > Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:01 PM

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Early Childhood
Technology in the Science Classroom
Hi Shannen, I found a few apps and online resources that can be used to incorporate technology into your science classroom. Depending on what you teach and the age of your students, you may need to adjust the ideas given, but hopefully this is a helpful place to start! This link includes a var...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:18 PM

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Early Childhood
Natural Selection - Evolution Simulation
Hello Life Science Teachers -  I'm looking for a replacement for the PhET Natural Selection simulation, as this is JAVA based and no longer runs on student Chromebooks.  PhET has not yet written a HTML5 version to update this simulation. Does anyone have favorite Natural Selection/Evolution...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:53 PM

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Life Science
Science Activities/Experiments with Hurricanes
Hi Jessica, I found a few resources with some activities discussing hurricanes and how to prepare for dangerous weather conditions. You might like: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc10_047_07_48 http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fsc16_054_02_22 ...

by Megan Doty > Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:20 AM

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Elementary Science
weather and Elementary
Hello! As far as I am concerned, teachers should help kindergarteners understand the different characteristics of each weather pattern. Videos, role play, and posters are great facilitators in demonstrating weather patterns. In addition, it is a good idea to invite some students to talk about weath...

by Yi Wang > Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:48 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
For those who are suggesting literature to help teach kindergarteners about weather, what are some books you have found that have provided great responses from your students?

by Carly Liggett > Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:19 PM

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Early Childhood
weather and Elementary
My students are pre-kindergarteners and when our class has a discussion and activity about weather and seasons - I usually start with the broad topic that seasons have different weather since some do not have prior knowledge of weather patterns.  I then go into more detail about each season separate...

by Jessica Philipp > Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:49 PM

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Early Childhood
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Carolyn, I was in Manning, SC, at the local high school with my family and Mother who was visiting from PR. We joined our great friends from Virginia and together enjoyed an awesome event! We had great weather and clear skies. During totality we felt a slight drop on the temperature and could se...

by Flavio Mendez > Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:48 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Writing Student Growth Objectives for Kindergarten Science
I am looking for help figuring out to write meaningful Student Growth Objectives aligned with the NGSS kindergarten standards. I see each class once a week for 40 minutes, and teach more than 200 children. If they are absent for my class, I miss key assessment opportunities.  I have not yet figur...

by Marianne Cane > Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:49 PM

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Early Childhood
4th Grade Science
Hello, I taught 4th grade and currently am in 3rd. There are so many exciting opportunities for both these grades! At my school we did a project called Invention Convention where students have to plan and invent something. We've partnered up the Strider Bike company which is based here where I liv...

by Brenda Velasco > Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:08 PM

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Elementary Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Sarah, This one is timely because of the solar eclipse. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/21.html

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:56 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New weatherSTEM Interactive Lesson for Solar Eclipse
We created a special weatherSTEM Eclipse module for NSTA Members and teachers at large. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/index.html There is no charge and it can be used by students and staff. The Eclipse lesson includes interactivity and fusion of live weather data...

by Mark Hyer > Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:28 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Teach STEM Outside!
Do you have any outdoor space at all? If so you could try container gardening, set up a weather station, and conduct some shadow experiments. I do agree being outside is beneficial to students.

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:28 AM

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Research in Science Education